First Mate Nancy Blackett’s Point of View.

Hello. It’s me… Nancy Blackett!

Well, it’s been a funny old summer – lots of seaside fun down at St Just-in-Roseland, with lots of messing about in boats, when suddenly, out of the blue, Sue turns up. Next morning she gets up at 5.30, blows up lots of balloons – and off Ros goes without me!  Well, whatever next! I get driven back to Bristol with Sue, feeling really put out. Ros does ring most days to tell me how she is doing. That hurricane sounded exciting, but she seemed to spend all her time walking around Brighton, when she could have been out enjoying the gale. I expect she is missing her first mate (me!)

Well – time goes by, and Sue gets me up really early again. What is happening this time? Back into the car and off we go again. You will never guess where Sue took me – right up to the gates of Hampton Court palace, and who should be walking up the river bank to meet me? Yesssss! You have guessed – Ros! There was Demelza, moored right next to Hampton Court Palace – my joy knew no bounds. Two days later, I am having second thoughts. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great to be back with Ros, but the fore hatch is leaking, it’s pouring with rain and I am freezing! And we even have to go and collect water – it’s a dog’s life, but it is good to be back as First Mate – I can’t wait till we get to the Kennet and Avon canal, where I can jump off the boat and chase ducks. Maybe people will come and visit us! Ahoy there!


Nancy Blackett in the car Nancy Blackett on Demelza with Ros

How to follow her progress.

Throughout her journey you can follow Ros on Twitter as @rosbennet  and Nancy as @NancyBlackett1. Her blog is at An archive of  posts is available at

How you can help.

Ros is doing this to raise money to help fund projects in Ethiopia. You can sponsor her via her VirginMoneyGiving page: Sponsor me on my Cornish Crabber Challenge

Read more about her adventure:

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